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Kunitz scored his third goal Thursday, giving him six points in six games.

Kunitz continues to serve as a core member of the Pens' top power-play unit. In addition to his regular spot with Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist on the No. 1 line, Kunitz has played with Evgeni Malkin on the second line. He's totaled 28 hits, giving fantasy owners a dependable multi-category performer.

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Kunitz tallied two power-play points, including a goal and an assist, in a 3-2 loss to the Stars on Thursday.

He also led all players with six shots on goal and seven hits. The Pens' top power-play unit of Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang has helped the team to six goals on 11 opportunities through the first three games. Kunitz is off to another good start, though it's worth noting the forward totaled only 13 points in the final 24 regular-season games of 2013-14.

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Kunitz was credited with a game-winning goal Saturday in Pittsburgh's win against the Maple Leafs.

The front-line forward totaled four shots on goal and dished out four hits. Kunitz saw just over 15 minutes (15:14 TOI) in a game the Penguins controlled from the get-go.

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Kunitz (illness) collected an assist and registered a game-high seven hits Thursday against the Ducks.

Kunitz has kept his spot on the Pens' No. 1 power play. Combined with the addition of Patric Hornqvist to the top unit, Pittsburgh now has two net-front presences on the man advantage -- something the organization hasn't enjoyed in years. Kunitz is playing like he has a chip on his shoulder thus far -- and that's a good thing for fantasy owners.

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Kunitz missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Kunitz was given the day to rest up, and he will have another to do so again before the Penguins kick off the regular season. Kunitz should be able to play in Thursday's season opener, but expect an update on his status prior to game time either way.

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Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he expects Kunitz to receive clearance to play in Saturday's exhibition against the Blue Jackets, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Kunitz has been a fixture on the ice for most of the week, suggesting the injury that bothered him last weekend isn't much of a concern anymore. With linemate Sidney Crosby also expected to return to the lineup Saturday, it shouldn't take long for the duo to reestablish the rapport they showed last season.

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Kunitz was on the ice for Tuesday's practice, the Tribune-Review reports.

After sitting out Monday's preaseason opener, Kunitz was on the ice Tuesday, a likely indication that his absence was simply for precautionary reasons.

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Kunitz is dealing with an undisclosed injury and didn't suit up in Monday's preseason opener, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Kunitz joined Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the press box, as the team brass decided it was in the best interest of their battered stars to rest. Kunitz first acquired the injury during Saturday's practice, but it's not believed to be an ailment that would jeopardize his availability for the start of the regular season.

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Chris Kunitz scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-2 victory on Wednesday.

Kunitz is on a three-game point streak. He has three goals and five assists in 10 playoff contests.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to be very happy with what Chris Kunitz brings to the table.

Kunitz isn't a superstar, but he plays well with them, going into the tough areas and adjusting his game to suit his linemates needs. "You could go through that [opening-round Columbus] series and say there were probably three goals we scored where he didn't get the goal, but that he was responsible for, from being net-front or recovering pucks," Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato said. Kunitz has two goals and seven points in nine playoff games.